Wireless local area networking, also known as "Wireless Internet"; stands for "WIreless FIdelity"

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

5
votes
3answers
3k views

Internet Sharing stuck on after 10.7.3 update

I use Internet Sharing at work to create a local WiFi network (sharing the GigE connection) for my various iOS and tablet devices to connect through. After the 10.7.3 update, I cannot turn sharing off ...
3
votes
2answers
944 views

What are the numerous incoming connections I see on public wifi for?

In general I have incoming connections disabled by my security software (Little Snitch). But even when I do this, on public wifi, I see numerous incoming connections for netbios and mDNSResponder ...
15
votes
6answers
56k views

How do I troubleshoot my Wi-Fi connection when an exclamation mark appears?

Sometimes, when I am in a public Wi-Fi an exclamation mark appears in the greyed out Wi-Fi icon. I can connect to the Wi-Fi (I get assigned an IP address), but I cannot establish an internet ...
11
votes
5answers
7k views

To let a Mac automatically use Wifi and Ethernet to double the connection speed?

I am staying at a hotel, and for some reason, I think they limit each Wifi connection to 95 kbyte / s. So that is roughly 1.2 Mbps... and since I have 18 Mbps at home, I am using a speed that is less ...
19
votes
5answers
111k views

Is there an application like Connectify for Mac OS X Lion?

There is a well known app for Windows named: Connectify, used to share a wifi connection between a computer that only has wifi with other devices which requests that connection from the computer. ...
7
votes
1answer
16k views

Prevent my Mac from connecting to an unsecure Wi-Fi network?

How can I prevent my Macbook from connecting to non-secure wireless networks? I've ticked the "Ask to join new networks" option and removed the offending network from the Preferred Networks list in ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

A utility for tuning your WiFi network?

Is there an app available to help tune Wi-Fi network settings? My local air space is starting to get congested and I want to make sure I'm using the optimal channel and settings on my router to avoid ...
4
votes
2answers
9k views

Macbook Pro frequently experiences drops in WiFi connection with Linksys WAG120N

I have a non-retina mid-2012 Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard and this issue has been plaguing me for a while. During regular use of the laptop, while connected to my home WiFi network (to which no ...
4
votes
3answers
5k views

Why is my MacBook Pro constantly losing the wifi connection with my WRT150N router?

My Macbook is constantly losing its wifi connection. Sometimes it has trouble connecting, other times it connects, but I obtain a server not found error. It seems to work reasonably well at work, but ...
10
votes
4answers
23k views

How do I share a Wi-Fi connection via a Wi-Fi hotspot?

This question is an extension of this question. While my answer did answer the question, there was one part that wasn't answered: how do I share a Wi-Fi connection via a Wi-Fi hotspot?
9
votes
8answers
133k views

Wifi Won't Connect; Connection Timeout (Mac)

I'm having issues with my macbook pro OS X 10.7.5. It used to connect to the wifi router (D-Link N300, DIR=615) no problems. But for the past several weeks, I haven't been able to at all. What pops ...
8
votes
3answers
674 views

How to hide or remove useless network names from the wifi menubar icon

I have obnoxious neighbors that think its funny to use offensive words for their SSIDs. I would like to remove those SSIDs from, at a minimum, the wifi menubar icon. If its easier, hiding/removing ...
8
votes
3answers
6k views

OS X status bar wifi icon - meaning of bars?

On my MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini, the status bar includes the standard "radiating sector" wifi icon which you can click on to select a wifi network, or Option-click on to see additional ...
7
votes
5answers
112k views

Share iPhone WIFI with computer over USB?

Due to a water leakage, we had to move offices temporarily. In our temp offices, we have WIFI network, but not cabled network (yet). Since my computer doesn't have WIFI (it's a stationary desktop) I ...
6
votes
7answers
43k views

How can I stop my MacBook Pro from automatically sleeping when I lock the screen?

Whenever I lock my screen (via either the lock icon -> Lock screen or by using the Control+shift+eject key combination), my screen immediately turns off (not showing the screen saver), and the system ...
6
votes
2answers
3k views

Redirect traffic using PF along with Internet Sharing

The short version: How do I redirect all traffic from en2 port 80/443 to 127.0.0.1:8080 when I have enabled Internet Sharing in OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)? Some background: I am doing a master ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

Is there a way to auto switch wireless networks depending on signal strength?

I have a Linksys dual band router. Near the back of our house (which is where our computers are mostly located) only the G network really comes through so when I'm working in the front of our house, I ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

Is there a way to share a wi-fi connection over wi-fi?

The problem is that here is a router (at a cottage), which only allows 2 connections. but we need wi-fi for 8 devices. so the plan is to create another wi-fi spot to share our connection. is there a ...
1
vote
1answer
10k views

How to set up Time Capsule in wireless bridge mode?

I can't find any clear, step-by-step instructions on how to set up a Time Capsule in wireless bridge mode. Eg, how to disable its routing functions and set it up as a switch/repeater connected ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

Do the wi-fi communications from Mac to Mac travel through the access point?

Let’s put two Macs MAC1 and MAC2 on the same table. They are connected to the same AirPort (wi-fi) network. They are connected to the access point AP, which is far away, at 10 meters. The Macs are ...
0
votes
2answers
4k views

Severe Wifi dropping on Macbook Pro - Have to restart to turn back on

I have a 17" Early 2008 Macbook Pro running lion 10.7.2. And about 3 weeks ago, this problem started occurring where my interent would stop working randomly. I go to toggle the Wi-Fi on and off, but ...
17
votes
12answers
62k views

How can I set the priority of Wi-Fi networks on my iOS device?

I have two Wi-Fi networks in my house, one at one end of the house and one at the other. While signals crossing from one side of the house are usually audible on the other side, they are generally ...
11
votes
6answers
36k views

Have to reconnect to WiFi every time computer goes to sleep

I recently purchased a new MacBook Air (2011) with Lion preinstalled. There is this persistent and incredibly annoying problem that is occurring with the WiFi. Every time I close the lid or let the ...
9
votes
4answers
18k views

Airdrop: Bluetooth or WiFi?

How does Airdrop work? I thought it is just bluetooth, but I am starting to doubt that now. Whenever I turn Airdrop on, my WiFi and Bluetooth are automatically turned on. If I turn the WiFi off, and ...
6
votes
5answers
5k views

Why doesn't Airport reconnect after sleep or shutdown?

I have a MacBook Pro (2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, running OS X 10.6.8) that does not reconnect to its stored WiFi network after it restarts or goes to sleep. To reconnect, I need to go into System Preferences ...
5
votes
4answers
563 views

Prevent from switching Wi-Fi networks

I have two wifi access points at home: "downstairs" and "upstairs". They're both WPA2. If I'm upstairs and connected to "upstairs" and my laptop goes to sleep, when I reactivate it, it connects to ...
4
votes
6answers
17k views

Wi-Fi has stopped working around the time 10.7.3 update. Might they be related?

I have a MacBook Air which was working fine. Now I have awful network issues since the 10.7.3 update. My home router is a D-Link DIR-615. I was securing the Wi-Fi network using WEP which worked great ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

Can't delete preferred networks from wireless settings (comes back up)

I am having an issue with preferred networks in WiFi settings. There are few networks I want to delete - when I do so, the disappear temporarily, but will eventually come back. I believe is to do with ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Does Mavericks break the ability to create a wifi network that other devices can connect to?

I'm not talking about sharing an Ethernet connection via Wifi, but about creating a separate WiFi network, not connected to the Internet. In previous versions of OS X, I could create a wifi network ...
3
votes
0answers
1k views

Mountain Lion Upgrade Internet Issues [closed]

My MacBook Air late 2010 worked perfectly before the Mountain Lion upgrade. After I updated to Mountain Lion, the Internet stopped working on my WiFi network. It detects the network and connects to it ...
2
votes
1answer
117 views

Incoming cellular calls ring on all my iOS devices

When I receive an incoming cellular call on my iPhone 5 (iOS 8.3), it is propagated to all my other devices (including a wifi only iPad) connected to the same wifi network. I guess that's an ...
2
votes
2answers
11k views

My new MacBook Pro won't keep its Wi-Fi connection

Here's the deal... I have relatively brand new Macbook pro, I purchased it in late June 2014 and right now it's November 2014. Recently, my Macbook will not keep an internet connection to wifi. ...
2
votes
2answers
336 views

Wifi doesn't work unless I cycle it off then on again coming off of sleep

I have a Macbook Pro Retina, 15in, and I have the above issue. In a related question (Wifi doesn't work unless I turn it off then on again) a user commented: For as long as I can remember, ...
2
votes
1answer
5k views

Locating A WiFi Network Password Within OS X That Has Been Saved On My Mac?

Is it possible to locate a wifi network password in OS X of a wifi hotspot that I may have used in the past (AFAIK wifi networks are saved), in the rare situation that I may need to see it (to share ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

How can I automatically disable WiFi when I connect to an Ethernet network?

I would like my WiFi to automatically disconnect when I plug an Ethernet cable into my Mac. How would I go about this?
1
vote
2answers
1k views

How can I write an AppleScript which when run will connect to a specific WIFI network if available?

The title pretty much sums it up. I want to avoid having to use the trackpad to connect to certain networks. This comes up often when a new network becomes available but I'm already connected to ...
1
vote
4answers
11k views

Can't turn on wifi on Mac OSX Mountain lion MBP 2012

The WiFi interface won't turn on when i press "Activate wifi" from the preferences neither from the status bar. I tried restarting the mac,and reset the pram. The Ethernet works fine and this is ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Making a program use a specific network interface

I would like my IRC client to only use a WiFi connection and all other programs to use WiFi or wired connections. This is because every time I plug in my Ethernet cable my IRC client automatically ...
1
vote
1answer
7k views

Enhance Wifi range on a TimeCapsule

I previously had a DLink modem-router (DSL-2740B). I replaced it with a small ADSL D-Link modem and a TimeCapsule. While I'm quite happy with it, the main and only criticism I could make is the loss I ...
8
votes
6answers
30k views

What OS X signal strength test apps exist to measure Wi-Fi networking?

Is there a way I can get more details on the strength of my Wi-Fi signal? I'm looking for either an app I can download or a system command that I can run in terminal that will expose the noise of ...
6
votes
2answers
129k views

What does the spinning circle next to the network indicators on iOS mean?

I recently got an iPhone and at first I had problems connecting to the wifi. After a while, I got it to work. Now I noticed a small circle next to the wifi icon that spins when I am going down through ...
6
votes
4answers
49k views

How can I get the name of connected devices on an Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station?

I can see who is connected to my base station by going to Advanced>Logs and Statistics. http://cl.ly/2l0p0w223q1E3T1H0B0w What I'd like to know is who/what device is connected by device name without ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

Run program if connected to specific wifi?

Is it possible to have a program starting automatically when I connect to a specific router, and having it stop when I disconnect from this router? Basically I want a program to run while I'm at work ...
4
votes
2answers
10k views

iPhone 5 always asks for username when connect to Wifi

(I'm using wifi from a personal access point in my room, of which the security type is "WPA/WPA2 Personal" (it's what I see in network settings on my mac). Normally it just requires a password to ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

WiFi or Bluetooth (or USB) for iPad Tethering

How do the three tethering options for the iPad compare in the following areas: Range Security Speed Power usage (both laptop and iPad) I'm mainly looking for the difference between WiFi and ...
4
votes
1answer
7k views

How to auto join my hidden SSID home network from my iPhone on iOS5 [closed]

Ever since upgrading to iOS 5 my iPhone(s) have problems auto joining my home wifi network. They seem to auto join it for a few days and then it just stops working. The phone can still see the wifi ...
4
votes
3answers
6k views

Why doesn't my Macbook detect network after sleep?

every time that my 2007 macbook with lion goes to sleep, either manually (closing the lid) or timing out, i have to restart my computer to connect to the wireless network. It fails to detect any ...
4
votes
1answer
977 views

Share internet connection over Wi-Fi

I am using MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard, and my system is connected to internet via wired broadband connection. I want to share internet connection from my MacBook Pro via Wi-Fi, so I can connect ...
4
votes
2answers
631 views

Use the Airdrop network to access a computer?

I'm using airdrop to transfer files and stuff to another macbook. Looking at the output of ifconfig, I can see that airdrop creates a VNIC to communicate with the other computer. Is there a way I ...
3
votes
1answer
200 views

Wifi channel selection

Is it possible specifically select a Wifi channel use? I am defaulting to channel 6 which has a low signal to noise ratio. "Wifi Signal", ver 1.3 suggests that several other channels offer better ...